One Man and His Blog: October 2004 Archives

October 2004 Archives

October 29, 2004

Alsop's Drop

Guardian Unlimited | The Guardian | Risk-taking architect bailed out after projects founder:

Alsop Architects, one of Britain's most colourful and internationally renowned practices, has been forced into receivership by a financial crisis. Directors of the practice headed by the outspoken architect and artist Will Alsop have sold 40% of the business to R Capital, a London-based firm of venture capitalists, as part of a rescue plan after a string of dramatic and costly projects worldwide came to nothing, according to a report in today's Building Design magazine.

Designing large boiled sweets clearly isn't as profitable as it once was.

CamberwellOnline Blog

Found on my travels - CamberwellOnline Blog:

I noticed while I was walking today that the old Mary Datchelor School (which then became the Save The Children head office) and the Butterfly tennis courts between Grove Lane and Camberwell Grove have both been acquired by St George PLC. Looks like there’s going to be a big new development there, and judging by their website they deal in pretty high-end housing. Is Camberwell about to become super-chic?

(More here.)

If St George are involved, almost certainly. They don't deal in low and stuff and they tend to pick up-and-coming new markets with some accuracy.

October 28, 2004

Warning Sign

Warning Sign, originally uploaded by Adam Tinworth.

Submitted to Photo Friday : Statement

FAQ me again

A quick glance below or to the right will show you that I've started pulling together a FAQ for this site. If you have an suggestions of other questions I should answer on there, please let me know.


Continue reading FAQ.

October 27, 2004

Dumb as a Bush

President Bush's re-election website is blocking all non-US traffic, as reported by the BBC.

This is dumb.

Why? Well, leaving aside the fact that whatever goes on in America has a significant impact on the rest of the world, many American are overseas, too. I know American working in Paris for a few months. One Woman is, in fact, an American citizen, casting an absentee ballot.

Clearly Georgie doesn't care much about people overseas. That should, and hopefully will, cost him votes.

Seven Degrees of Lunch

Ever get bored with the same round of blogs you read? I was feeling that way this lunchtime, so I decided to blog surf to seven blogs, starting with one on my list of links on the right (which I must get around to expanding and updating). The only rule was that the link to the next blog must be found somewhere on the first, and only the first was allowed to be a regular visit blog.

OK, I started with February 30th, the first link on my links list, who is quiet for personal reasons. That lead me to The Inside Of My Head, which has a nice piece about the protester that's lived outside the House of Commons for the past three years. Blunkett wants to get rid of him with legislation.

The article was cross-posted to That's an interesting political site that I'd not come across before, so I added it to Bloglines. Sadly, it also seemed a dead end in terms of blog links, until it noticed the various authors are all linked to their own sites. Onwards!

One of the authors was Richard Hodkinson, who has a blog at I have an aversion to sites which literally give you the bird on the front page, so I didn't linger. I resorted to comments on one entry for a link and found mamamusings, the blog of Elizabeth Lane Lawley. I spent a good while reading her blog, and found the pictures of the memorial to soldiers killed in Iraq on Long Beach quite moving. Into her public Bloglines subscriptions for my next link.

My discovery? Girlwonder, who posts about the issue of mobile technology and the suburbs. Given my professional interest in the link between technology and the built environment (ie, I write about it) this caught my eye. I'll be wandering back to this site again.

My last leap was from Molly's extensive list of links. It took me to Interaction Design Hub Blog and an interesting piece on the social aspects around mobile phones.

Here ends my first Seven Degrees of Lunch.

The Family Fountain

A Tinworth fountain in Kennington park? Who knew?

Policing, the Lewisham Way

On Friday night, One Woman and I headed over to visit friends in St Reatham. On the way, near New Cross, we passed a huge number of coppers. Now I know why:

More than 400 officers were involved in raids on three businesses in Lewisham on Friday night - the culmination of a huge offensive against gun and drug crime in the borough, with police making 80 arrests. Police used the Millennium Dome as a base to prepare for the raids, rolling out at 10.30pm in two buses and 20 police vans to storm a barber's, a pub and a takeaway restaurant in Lewisham Way. Officers used a special, airport-style scanning machine to search suspects detained in the raids for firearms and drugs.

Read more here.

October 26, 2004

Ghosts & Penguins

The ghostwriting life - a nice book extract from The Guardian.

Berke Breathed interview - and if yoiu don't know why that's worth a read, buy the new Opus book.

GRID giving

I'm sending out copies of the latest issue of GRID, which hit the stands with EG a few weeks ago. If anyone would like a copy, leave a comment, and I'll get in contact for an address.

John Peel dead

Heart-rending news:

BBC NEWS | Entertainment | TV and Radio | Legendary radio DJ John Peel dies

Late nights with obscure music and early mornings with home truths will never be the same. Two generations have grown up listening to his voice. No longer.

October 21, 2004


Tourists at the tower

Tourists at the Tower of London showing an unexpected determination to eat outside, despite the rain.

Submitted to Photo Friday : Unexpected

October 20, 2004

Everyone Regrets The Error

An interesting new blog, tracking mistakes and errors in American newspapers:

Regret The Error

My profession had better start pulling its collective socks up soon.

[via Six Apart Professional Network]

October 19, 2004

Old & New: The Tower & The Gherkin

Tower and Gherkin

October 18, 2004

Ant-War Demo, Waterloo, Yesterday

Anti-war demo

Clark County Strikes Back

The Guardian came up with an interesting, if rather doomed idea. It sent readers the addresses of residents of Clark County, a part of the US that many feel will be critical in the upcoming election, and encouraged them to write and say how much everyone (well, every Grauniad reader) hates Bush..

Mmm. Encouraging residents of one country to interfere in the elections of another, one that threw us out with pointy sticks and bang guns some centuries back. Anyone see why this might have been an unwise idea?

A few locals have made their feelings known, and The Guardian has taking the admirable steps of posting a good cross-section to its website:

Dear Limey Asshole

A quick read through the comments suggests that many Democrats feel vindicated, many Republicans have been driven into a frothing rage, and that more than a few Americans have been amused enough to write some rather pithy satire. It's enjoyable to anyone except those who really thought this idea would work.

Death of the Novel

The novel is dead, says noted author

Some good arguments here as to why the range of alternative forms of expression is slowly eroding the novel's place as social commentary, but I think the headline, like my own here, is rather over the top.

October 14, 2004

Leaf & Logo

Leaf & Logo, originally uploaded by Adam Tinworth.

Entered for Photo Friday : 2 by 4.

I walked my two blocks north and four blocks east from work and found myself in a little alley tucked away off Theobold's Road. This was the most satisfying of the images I took, catching the moment when Autumn and a lawyer's car became one.

October 13, 2004

Holborn, Dusk

Holborn Circus at Dusk

PR looks to his own PR

That Edleman blog is running into trouble already:

Edelman's One Way Street

A Digital Image Says a Thousand Words

Interesting article from a photographer giving and and admitting that he's gone digital:

A Digital Image Says a Thousand Words

I find myself in a similar position. I've used my film SLR during a holiday in Devon back at Easter, and not since. Maybe I should be honest with myself….

[via Digital Photography Blog]

October 12, 2004

Did the soundtrack sell Star Wars?

Would Star Wars have been as popular without the music?

I made a mistake this afternoon. I had an intimidating pile of page proofs to get through and, in an attempt to get them done in a timely manner, I popped on my iPod to block out the distracting office noise. I chose one of the Star Wars prequel soundtracks by the talented Mr John Williams, and 10 minutes later I found myself listening to the music and not reading a single word on those darned proofs. I was completely lost in the music, following the different threads as they rose to, and fell from, prominence. (There's probably a good post to be written about film soundtracks as a gateway drug for classical music, but I'll save that for another time.)

It's tricky to separate the emotional memory of watching a movie (and I saw this one slightly drunk, at 11pm at night, surrounded by a huge number of similarly insensate people) from the emotion evoked by the music itself. But still, I couldn't help but be struck by both the emotion within the music itself, and the storytelling that goes with it. It would be a fascinating exercise to play one of Williams' soundtracks to some kids who had never seen the movie in question and ask them to write stories based on it. How much of the emotion that a generation felt about the original trilogy was evoked by Williams' score, and how much by Lucas's film making? Lucas himself acknowledges on the recent DVDs of that trilogy that the music was the one element of the 1977 original film that exceeded his expectation.

I've no idea what the answer to this question is, and there's probably no easy way of finding out. But I do suspect that Williams can take the credit for a significant amount of the Star Wars phenomenon.

A PR blogs

There's plenty of blogging journalists out there now, but I've just discovered, via Charles Arthur, that a prominent PR had joined in the fun. Yes, the chief executive of PR company Edelman has his own blog, Speak Up. Comments are open, for those who fancy some fun.

October 11, 2004

Cleaning the Eye

Cleaning the Eye

Flickred Out

It looks like Flickr is down for the time being, which means that several of the pics that should be below this post won't be showing up right now. Sorry about that, folks. That'll teach me to host pictures on an external site, won't it?

While I'm in the mood for explaining, I ought to let you know where there's been so little text on here of late. The reason for the picture bias has been an absolutely hectic few weeks at work. Things should start slowing down by the end of the week, and I have plenty in mind to write.

UPDATE: Looks like all is well again, and the site is returned to its pictorial glory.

October 10, 2004

The Great Fence of Lewisham

Mercator FenceThe Mercator Estate, very near One Flat, my humble abode, has recently developed a striking new look. How could I resist popping out to take a quick photo of it? A fine example of the penal school of architecture, the new fence has given the recently-refurbished estate that much sought-after "concentration camp" aesthetic that's so popular in urban design circles these days.

Snarking aside, I do realise that there are some serious crime issues around the estate (and in the near vicinity, I might add), but was this really the best way to deal with them? It's ugly, it's brutal and, frankly, I'm less than convinced that it'd actually keep the determined little brats that make up much of the crime problem around here out.

Time will, as always, tell, but I'm not holding our much hope.

October 8, 2004

A statue by the river

A statue by the river, originally uploaded by Adam Tinworth.

October 7, 2004

The Flood Map

The Environment Agency now allows you to find out the flood risk of your home via a postcode search on it's website. I've known about the technology and research that underlies this sit for a while, but its good to see it live and available to the general public:

Environment Agency - Home page


Speed, originally uploaded by Adam Tinworth.

Submitted to Photo Friday : Speed

October 6, 2004


Spider in the sky, originally uploaded by Adam Tinworth.

October 4, 2004

Budapest roof

Budapest roof, originally uploaded by Adam Tinworth.


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